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This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Dakota County, Minnesota. It is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. Dakota County is located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Minnesota, bounded on the northeast side by the Upper Mississippi River and on the northwest by the Minnesota River. The locations of National Register properties and districts for which the latitude and longitude coordinates are included below, may be seen in an online map.

Dakota County's historic sites convey the county's significant historical trends, including the settlement at Mendota, the homes of well-heeled residents of Hastings, the ethnic gathering places in South Saint Paul, and other sites related to life on the prairie, including religion, education, transportation, commerce, and the business of farming.

There are 36 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the county. A supplementary list includes three additional sites that were formerly listed on the National Register.

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted March 31, 2017.


Dakota County

The earliest European settlement occurred on what is now Picnic Island, in 1819, where Colonel Henry Leavenworth built a stockade fort called "St. Peter's Cantonment" or "New Hope;" there materials were assembled for the construction of Fort Snelling, to be built on the bluff on the north side of the Minnesota River. Permanent settlement on the island was impossible due to annual flooding.


The next significant white settlement occurred in the area known as St. Peters, now Mendota, where Alexis Bailey built some log buildings to trade in furs in 1826. Henry Hastings Sibley built the first stone house in Minnesota there in 1836, overlooking Fort Snelling across the river. Sibley was a partner in the American Fur Company, and considerable fur trade occurred at Mendota, where the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers converge. By the time Minnesota achieved statehood in 1858, power and influence had shifted from Mendota, across the rivers to Saint Paul and Minneapolis.


By this time and continuing into the 20th century, the hub of activity in the county was in Hastings, the county seat, and a focal point of transportation, communication, and commerce. Hastings is critically located on the Mississippi River at the confluence of the St. Croix River and on the Vermillion River, which provided ample water power. Commercial interests built substantial wealth among the businessmen who dealt in lumber, milling, and railroads as the county residents depended on them to sell their agricultural products and to provide the goods needed for a growing economy and rising standard of living.

South Saint Paul

Into the early twentieth century, the stockyards and meat-packing plants in South Saint Paul became historically significant, as they were the largest stockyards in the world; this is where ranchers in the vast countryside to the west brought their livestock for shipping to the hungry populations of St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans, downstream. These plants were worked by new immigrants from Romania, Serbia, and other Eastern European countries.

Current listings

Name on the Register Image Date listed Location City or town Description
1 Daniel F. Akin House
Daniel F. Akin House
December 31, 1979
19185 Akin Road
44°40′17″N 93°10′18″W / 44.671508°N 93.171734°W / 44.671508; -93.171734 (Daniel F. Akin House)
Farmington Farmhouse built circa 1856 for pioneer Daniel F. Akin (1828–1909), whose daily official weather observations (continued by his descendents) provide an invaluable meteorological record. Also noted for its distinctive stone construction.
2 Christiania Lutheran Free Church
Christiania Lutheran Free Church
May 28, 2010
26690 Highview Ave.
44°33′46″N 93°14′15″W / 44.562665°N 93.237566°W / 44.562665; -93.237566 (Christiania Lutheran Free Church)
Eureka Township Church built 1877–78 and cemetery established in 1865, the last standing reminders of a vigorous "church war" among rival Lutheran denominations in a Norwegian American settlement.
3 Church of Saint Mary's-Catholic
Church of Saint Mary's-Catholic
December 31, 1979
8433 239th Street East
44°36′11″N 92°56′08″W / 44.60317°N 92.935479°W / 44.60317; -92.935479 (Church of Saint Mary's-Catholic)
New Trier 1909 church associated the German immigrants who almost exclusively populated southeastern Dakota County beginning in 1854.
4 Church of the Advent
Church of the Advent
December 31, 1979
412 Oak Street
44°38′20″N 93°08′33″W / 44.638876°N 93.142443°W / 44.638876; -93.142443 (Church of the Advent)
Farmington 1872 church based on the Carpenter Gothic designs published by Richard Upjohn; one of several small churches built in Minnesota under the leadership of Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple.
5 Dakota County Courthouse
Dakota County Courthouse
July 21, 1978
101 4th Street East
44°44′34″N 92°51′07″W / 44.74267°N 92.851848°W / 44.74267; -92.851848 (Dakota County Courthouse)
Hastings Courthouse built 1869–71 and renovated with a dome in 1912; noted for its Italian Villa architecture and association with Dakota County's government. Now Hastings City Hall.
6 District No. 72 School
District No. 72 School
December 31, 1979
321st Street West and Cornell Avenue
44°29′05″N 93°08′41″W / 44.48478°N 93.144598°W / 44.48478; -93.144598 (District No. 72 School)
Waterford Township Intact and well-appointed example—built in 1882—of the small rural schools once common in 19th-century Dakota County. Later repurposed as a community hall.
7 East Second Street Commercial Historic District
East Second Street Commercial Historic District
July 31, 1978
East Second Street
44°44′40″N 92°51′04″W / 44.744342°N 92.85122°W / 44.744342; -92.85122 (East Second Street Commercial Historic District)
Hastings 5-block commercial district with 35 contributing properties built 1860–1900, noted for its integrity and longstanding retail function.
8 Ignatius Eckert House
Ignatius Eckert House
July 21, 1978
724 Ashland Street
44°44′19″N 92°51′24″W / 44.738483°N 92.856679°W / 44.738483; -92.856679 (Ignatius Eckert House)
Hastings Exemplary Italian Villa house with cupola, built in Nininger in the early 1850s and moved to Hastings in 1857.
9 Exchange Bank Building
Exchange Bank Building
December 31, 1979
344 3rd Street
44°38′22″N 93°08′44″W / 44.639352°N 93.145504°W / 44.639352; -93.145504 (Exchange Bank Building)
Farmington Best-preserved example—built in 1880—of the masonry commercial buildings constructed on Dakota County's Main Streets in the late 19th century as their first-generation wooden buildings were replaced.
10 Fasbender Clinic
Fasbender Clinic
December 31, 1979
801 Pine Street
44°44′17″N 92°51′45″W / 44.738001°N 92.862486°W / 44.738001; -92.862486 (Fasbender Clinic)
Hastings Medical clinic with an enveloping metal roof, built 1957–59; one of Minnesota's few late-career works by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
11 First Presbyterian Church, Hastings
First Presbyterian Church, Hastings
July 7, 1995
602 Vermillion Street
44°44′24″N 92°51′11″W / 44.74009°N 92.853034°W / 44.74009; -92.853034 (First Presbyterian Church, Hastings)
Hastings Church built 1875–1881, designed by early Minnesota architect Charles N. Daniels as one of the state's first uses of Romanesque Revival architecture. Also noted for its association with Hasting's settlement by native-born New Englanders.
12 Fort Snelling
Fort Snelling
October 15, 1966
Picnic Island
44°53′08″N 93°10′41″W / 44.885556°N 93.178056°W / 44.885556; -93.178056 (Fort Snelling)
Fort Snelling Military complex established in 1819 and in use till 1946, instrumental in the development of the Upper Midwest and in the transition of the U.S. Army from a small frontier force into a major army. Primarily in Hennepin County.
13 Fort Snelling-Mendota Bridge
Fort Snelling-Mendota Bridge
December 1, 1978
State Highway 55
44°53′06″N 93°10′25″W / 44.885°N 93.173611°W / 44.885; -93.173611 (Fort Snelling-Mendota Bridge)
Mendota 4,119-foot (1,255 m) bridge constructed 1925–26, noted for its sophisticated design and original status as the world's longest continuous concrete arch bridge. Extends into Hennepin County.
14 Reuben Freeman House
Reuben Freeman House
December 31, 1979
9091 Inver Grove Trail
44°49′03″N 93°01′24″W / 44.817533°N 93.023196°W / 44.817533; -93.023196 (Reuben Freeman House)
Inver Grove Heights Unconventional house built circa 1875 with eight gables, noted for its unique vernacular design and rare use of coursed fieldstone.
15 Good Templars Hall
Good Templars Hall
December 31, 1979
124th Street East (original address)
Current coordinates are

44°37′52″N 92°50′16″W / 44.631038°N 92.837856°W / 44.631038; -92.837856 (Good Templars Hall)
Nininger 1858 meeting hall soon converted to a school, nominated as the only remaining example of the Greek Revival buildings constructed at a notable speculative townsite. Moved to the Little Log House Pioneer Village in 2005.
16 Hastings Foundry-Star Iron Works
Hastings Foundry-Star Iron Works
December 31, 1979
707 East 1st Street
44°44′44″N 92°50′39″W / 44.74565°N 92.844216°W / 44.74565; -92.844216 (Hastings Foundry-Star Iron Works)
Hastings Rare surviving example—built in 1859—of Minnesota's earliest industrial buildings, which manufactured engines and structural parts for steamboats, gain elevators, construction, and early automobiles.
17 Hastings Methodist Episcopal Church
Hastings Methodist Episcopal Church
June 7, 1978
719 Vermillion Street
44°44′18″N 92°51′08″W / 44.73847°N 92.852246°W / 44.73847; -92.852246 (Hastings Methodist Episcopal Church)
Hastings 1861 church significant for its eclectic blend of Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, and Italianate architecture and for its status as the oldest surviving church in Hastings.
18 Holz Family Farmstead
Holz Family Farmstead
May 24, 2007
4665 Manor Drive
44°47′16″N 93°06′56″W / 44.787778°N 93.115556°W / 44.787778; -93.115556 (Holz Family Farmstead)
Eagan Family farm established in 1893, the last surviving remnant of Eagan's agricultural past, whose 10 contributing properties span the era's peak in the first half of the 20th century. Now a living farm museum.
19 Byron Howes House
Byron Howes House
June 15, 1978
718 Vermillion Street
44°44′19″N 92°51′12″W / 44.738525°N 92.853345°W / 44.738525; -92.853345 (Byron Howes House)
Hastings House built 1868–70 for influential local banker and public official Byron Howes (1833–1886). Also noted as fine example of a towered style of Italianate architecture popularized by Andrew Jackson Downing.
20 Rudolph Latto House
Rudolph Latto House
May 23, 1978
620 Ramsey Street
44°44′22″N 92°51′01″W / 44.739524°N 92.8504°W / 44.739524; -92.8504 (Rudolph Latto House)
Hastings House built 1880–81, noted for its transitional Italianate/Eastlake architecture. Now a bed and breakfast.
21 William G. LeDuc House
William G. LeDuc House
June 22, 1970
1629 Vermillion Street
44°43′45″N 92°51′07″W / 44.729054°N 92.851969°W / 44.729054; -92.851969 (William G. LeDuc House)
Hastings Gothic Revival house built 1862–65 for early settler William G. LeDuc (1823–1917), remembered as a community developer, historian, Minnesota promotor, Civil War brigadier general, and prominent farmer. Now a museum and event venue.
22 MacDonald-Todd House
MacDonald-Todd House
December 31, 1979
309 West 7th Street
44°44′21″N 92°51′21″W / 44.739098°N 92.85571°W / 44.739098; -92.85571 (MacDonald-Todd House)
Hastings House built in Nininger in 1857 and moved to Hastings in 1866, noted for its successive ownership by two prominent local journalists—A.W. MacDonald and Irving Todd, Sr.—and for MacDonald's role in promoting the speculative townsite.
23 Mendota Historic District
Mendota Historic District
June 22, 1970
Roughly bounded by government lot 2, State Highway 55, Sibley Highway., D Street, and Minnesota River
44°53′13″N 93°10′00″W / 44.88705°N 93.166573°W / 44.88705; -93.166573 (Mendota Historic District)
Mendota Fur trading outpost that grew into Minnesota's first civil government seat; home of early leaders like Henry Hastings Sibley (1811–1891). Comprises three early houses and outbuildings constructed 1835–1854 (now the Sibley Historic Site) plus the 1853 Saint Peter's Church.
24 Minneapolis Saint Paul Rochester & Dubuque Electric Traction Company Depot
Minneapolis Saint Paul Rochester & Dubuque Electric Traction Company Depot
December 31, 1979
County Highway 5 at 155th Street
44°43′22″N 93°17′54″W / 44.722741°N 93.298416°W / 44.722741; -93.298416 (Minneapolis Saint Paul Rochester & Dubuque Electric Traction Company Depot)
Burnsville Rare surviving example of a flag stop railway station, a simple open-fronted shelter built in 1910 on the Dan Patch Line to serve small produce farmers and early commuters.
25 Emil J. Oberhoffer House
Emil J. Oberhoffer House
December 31, 1979
17020 Judicial Road West
44°42′10″N 93°19′02″W / 44.702795°N 93.317284°W / 44.702795; -93.317284 (Emil J. Oberhoffer House)
Lakeville Lake home completed in 1918 for Emil Oberhoffer (1867–1933), founder and first conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. Also noted for its Prairie School design by Paul Hagen of Purcell & Elmslie.
26 Oheyawahi-Pilot Knob
March 14, 2017
off MN 55
44°52′49″N 93°10′02″W / 44.880382°N 93.167277°W / 44.880382; -93.167277 (Oheyawahi-Pilot Knob)
Mendota Heights
27 Ramsey Mill and Old Mill Park
Ramsey Mill and Old Mill Park
July 15, 1998
18th Street and Vermillion River
44°43′35″N 92°50′29″W / 44.726389°N 92.841389°W / 44.726389; -92.841389 (Ramsey Mill and Old Mill Park)
Hastings One of Minnesota's first commercial flour mills, built 1856–57, whose picturesque ruins left by an 1894 fire became an early tourist destination protected as a city park in 1925.
28 Saint Stefan's Romanian Orthodox Church
Saint Stefan's Romanian Orthodox Church
May 19, 2004
350 5th Avenue North
44°53′44″N 93°02′22″W / 44.895685°N 93.039399°W / 44.895685; -93.039399 (Saint Stefan's Romanian Orthodox Church)
South St. Paul 1924 church, social and cultural anchor of a Romanian American community attracted by jobs in the local meat packing industry.
29 Serbian Home
Serbian Home
March 26, 1992
404 3rd Avenue South
44°53′07″N 93°02′16″W / 44.885146°N 93.037779°W / 44.885146; -93.037779 (Serbian Home)
South St. Paul Meeting hall built 1923–24, social and cultural anchor of a Serbian American community attracted by jobs in the local meat packing industry.
30 Henry H. Sibley House
Henry H. Sibley House
January 10, 1972
Willow Street
44°53′16″N 93°09′58″W / 44.8879°N 93.16601°W / 44.8879; -93.16601 (Henry H. Sibley House)
Mendota 1836 house of pioneer leader Henry Hastings Sibley (1811–1891), fur trading captain, U.S. Representative, state constitutional convention delegate, first state governor, and general during the Dakota War of 1862. Also a contributing property to the Mendota Historic District, and part of the Sibley Historic Site.
31 Stockyards Exchange
Stockyards Exchange
March 7, 1979
200 North Concord Street
44°53′36″N 93°02′06″W / 44.893308°N 93.03497°W / 44.893308; -93.03497 (Stockyards Exchange)
South St. Paul 1887 base of operations for the nation's largest meat packing center at the turn of the 20th century. Also noted as South St. Paul's most architecturally significant building.
32 Thompson-Fasbender House
Thompson-Fasbender House
May 22, 1978
649 3rd Street West
44°44′34″N 92°51′45″W / 44.742714°N 92.862464°W / 44.742714; -92.862464 (Thompson-Fasbender House)
Hastings Ornate 1880 Second Empire house.
33 VanDyke-Libby House
VanDyke-Libby House
October 2, 1978
612 Vermillion Street
44°44′22″N 92°51′11″W / 44.739482°N 92.853138°W / 44.739482; -92.853138 (VanDyke-Libby House)
Hastings Leading example of Second Empire architecture, built in 1867.
34 Waterford Bridge
Waterford Bridge
August 26, 2010
Canada Ave. over Cannon River
44°29′15″N 93°07′42″W / 44.487469°N 93.128386°W / 44.487469; -93.128386 (Waterford Bridge)
Waterford Township Rare surviving example of Minnesota's once-common camelback through truss bridges—built in 1909—and one of the state's oldest bridges with rigid rather than pinned connections.
35 George W. Wentworth House
George W. Wentworth House
December 31, 1979
1575 Oakdale Avenue
44°53′55″N 93°04′20″W / 44.89873°N 93.072202°W / 44.89873; -93.072202 (George W. Wentworth House)
West St. Paul 1887 Queen Anne house of local civic leader George Wentworth and a symbol of the area's transition from farmland to residential and industrial suburbs.
36 West Second Street Residential Historic District
West Second Street Residential Historic District
July 31, 1978
West Second Street
44°44′40″N 92°51′21″W / 44.744342°N 92.855783°W / 44.744342; -92.855783 (West Second Street Residential Historic District)
Hastings Collection of 13 houses depicting each of the major architectural styles popular in Minnesota between 1850 and 1890, including Greek Revival, Italianate, Second Empire, and octagon house, along with several vernacular examples.

Former listings

Name on the Register Image Date listed Date removed Location City or town Summary
1 Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Depot
December 31, 1979
May 15, 1987
400 2nd St.
Farmington 1894 depot, demolished in 1984 as the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad went into bankruptcy.
2 Horticulture Building
Horticulture Building
December 31, 1979
March 15, 1993
County Highway 74
44°37′39″N 93°08′53″W / 44.627469°N 93.147921°W / 44.627469; -93.147921 (Horticulture Building)
Farmington vicinity Exemplary 1918 county fair hall. Demolished in 1988 due to structural deficiencies but its octagonal dome has been preserved as a gazebo.
3 Jacob Marthaler House
October 27, 1988
January 10, 1994
1746 Oakdale Avenue
West St. Paul 1863 Federal house of a founder of West St. Paul. Demolished by owner in 1993.
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